The spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation (AACO), Segun Showunmi has said former Vice President and the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakar is poised to rescue Nigeria from the incompetence and shortcomings of the present administration which has added socioeconomic and political backwardness to the country’s numerous challenges.

In an interview with The Sun NG, Showunmi added that Atiku is the only candidate ready to take up the challenges facing the country. He explained that his principal remains the only candidate with a bigger vision for Nigeria that can take back the country from President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said; “The incompetence and shortcomings of the present administration have added to the socioeconomic and political backwardness in today’s Nigeria. All these increased the desire of Atiku Abubakar to rescue Nigeria. Today’s Nigeria needs someone with composite experience in political leadership and other ways. He must have civil service experience so he could be able to manage the bureaucracy in the service. The disadvantage is that it slows down government official activities.

“We have the need for someone who could also manage the private sector with speed, accuracy, efficiency, profit and general stability. The capacity and extra gift of Atiku made him the ideal presidential candidate for Nigeria in 2019. He has been deeply involved in Nigeria’s political system and he understands the peculiarity of our democracy very good. He has built consensus and a nationalist that has the ears of the people.

Showunmi agreed there are many other Nigerians with qualities to lead but insisted that Atiku has unique political qualities that distinguished him from others adding that many of the aspirants cannot generate exciting emotions outside of their zone.


“There are many Nigerians but he has unique political qualities that distinguished him from others. Many of the aspirants cannot generate exciting emotions outside of their zone. Some of them are just looking at the presidency like ambition; they cannot articulate what they want to do with the opportunity.

“Nigeria needs a leader that has a global reputation. Atiku is obviously better than other aspirants including the opposition aspirants. He has a bigger vision for Nigeria. None of the Presidential aspirants could challenge Buhari in the 2019 election and succeed. Atiku is the only person that could do that.

“It will be unwise for PDP to bring an unpopular candidate to challenge the incumbent President. That would be disastrous. He is open to fresh ideas and he believes that all the tribes should bring ideas to the discussion table so we could collectively and extensively discuss and appease all worrying factions,” he said.

Showunmi who also spoke on Atiku’s campaign message said structural reform will top the team’s list saying it would give more power to states to realize their potentials.

“Structural reform will top on our list. It would give more power to states and help realise their potentials. Lot of states in Nigeria relies solely on the resources from Abuja to pay salaries and other things. It ought not to be so. They should be able to utilise their human and natural resources to boost their financial status.

“Job creation is at the center of Atiku’s agenda. He understands that unemployment and insecurity are the greatest challenges in Nigeria. One leads to another. If people are not gainfully employed they would be available for crime and that would disrupt the economy. Atiku is always interested in a business proposal that would create jobs. He has repeatedly shown interest in promoting an enabling environment for businesses. He understands the economy of the world and how to use government structures transform the society and create wealth opportunities for the people.

Atiku is the only leader that knows the economic integration policies for West Africa and could comfortably articulate it without reference to a book. He understands the movement of the goods and services among the western African countries. Not only that. Nigeria needs a leader that understands the African and global economy and could make a big economy block out of West Africa. He must understand that West Africa must be in competition with Asia or demand a bigger portion of the market side from the World Trade Organization (WTO),” he stated.